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The Institute of Global Affairs aims to maximise the impact of LSE’s leading expertise across the social sciences by shaping inclusive and locally-rooted responses to the most important and pressing global challenges.


The LSESU China Development Society and the Institute of Global Affairs hosted the 9th annual China Development Forum on Saturday, 11th February 2017. This sold out all-day student-led conference attracted 30 world-renowned speakers from across the globe to consider and debate, before an audience of 400, the challenges facing China today. Speakers included: Vince CableCindy Fan, Jia KangZou Ming, Lord Adair TurnerGudrun Wacker and Erik Berglof. Full conference programme can be found here.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum in the FT on Europe needing a new defense pact and Britain potentially leading it. Read the full article here.


The Institute of Global Affairs and LSE SU Italian Society were delighted to welcome Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, to LSE on the 9th February to give a talk on ‘The Future of Europe’. This is the first public speech given by an Italian Prime Minister in the UK since the Brexit vote. The event was chaired by Julia Black, Interim Director of LSE. You can read the full transcript of the speech or watch the podcast here.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum spoke to Channel 4 News on the upcoming launch of an exciting new project with the London School of Economics, which will investigate the spreading of untrue information. Watch the video here.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA), along with the  LSE SU Italian Society, is delighted to welcome the Prime Minister of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, to LSE on Thursday 9th February for a talk on ‘The Future of Europe’. This event is free and open to all current LSE students and staff. Click  here for further details and tickets.


This week IGA Fellow Torsten Thiele attended the first Science Policy and Stakeholder Engagement meeting for a new EU project on strategies for environmental monitoring of marine carbon capture and storage. Torsten also sits on the Science and Stakeholder Board of the EU project SenseOCEAN.

Erik Berglof AUB Conference

IGA’s Erik Berglof and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi attended the #AUB4Refugees Forum: “Innovative Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis," on January 27, at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The conference  launched AUB's  truly multi-disciplinary university-wide program and highlighted 18 projects currently underway at AUB.  AUB is the first university from the Middle East to have joined the Alliance of Lead Universities (ALUM). Full details here.


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LSESU China Development Forum 2017 – A Nation at the Crossroads

Saturday, 11th February 2017, New Academic Building, LSE

For three decades China has grown miraculously, lifting millions out of poverty and elevating parts of the country to standards comparable with the world’s most advanced nations. However, as China’s economy slows, and as underlying structural issues continue to surface, observers both within and outside China increasingly question the so-called ‘China Model’. Standing at the crossroads, China now faces critical choices. The LSESU China Development Forum 2017, co-hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs and the LSESU China Development Society, will bring together more than 25 world-renowned speakers to debate and share their invaluable insights on these issues.

Watch the promotional video and find further information here.

Speakers include: Vince Cable, Cindy Fan, Zhou Hanmin, Jude Howell, Jia Kang, Zou Ming, Adair Turner, Gudrun Wacker

Anne Applebaum

The Maidan Revolution – Lessons Learned and Unlearned

Monday 20 February 2017, 5:00PM, Wolfson Theatre

The overthrow of the Yanukovich government through a popular rebellion energised Ukrainian civil society and created expectations that have been hard to live up to. The Russian occupation of Crimea and support of separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions have amplified the political and economic challenges, but the revolutionary fervour still lives on in large parts of Ukrainian society – sometimes propelling further reforms, but sometimes also undermining political consensus and leading to political overreach.

Speakers: Anne Applebaum, Olena Bilan, Mustapha Nayeem, Vladimir Rashkovan, Erik Berglof

Further information here.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".


Urbanisation in China – Patterns and Governance

Wednesday 22 February 2017, 6:30PM to 8:00PM

China’s urban population is growing every year by 20 million - roughly a city the size of London and Paris combined together. This has gone together with a breathless expansion of the area covered by towns and cities.

Chinese urbanisation take on particular forms because of two particular institutions: the household registration system (hukou), and public ownership of land. A distinctive feature of the governance of Chinese towns and cities is the nationwide network of grass-roots autonomous organisations to manage and run the daily life of urban communities.  

Speakers: Stephan Feuchtwang, Athar Hussain, Jude Howell, Fulong Wu

Further information here.


The LSE Power Breakfasts are a private conversation convened by the LSE Institute of Global Affairs to which around 25 distinguished people are invited. The series examines the underlying forces that are causing shifts in global power structures. 

There are normally two speakers at each session, who talk for around 15 minutes each before the discussion is opened to the group. LSE’s most renowned experts as well as other prominent people from around the world come to share their thoughts in private with a diverse group of insightful and influential people.

The discussions are held under Chatham House Rules so that opinions expressed may be reported but not attributed.


More events in the following pages.  


Rethinking Global Finance Initiative 

The Rethinking Global Finance initiative aims to strengthen the research capacity and policy voice of key emerging economies. Only on this basis can a truly global and inclusive financial architecture be developed. The project brings together lead academic and policy-makers from key emerging economies and advanced countries.


Global Growth - Avoiding the Middle Income Trap

As part of the INET Transformation Commission chaired by Nobel Laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, IGA has initiated a policy research initiative “Avoiding the Middle Income Trap” (MIT). The MIT project will produce a large number of background papers and a final report, accompanied by a series of case studies elucidating the experiences of individual countries that have recently transitioned from middle to high income status.


Global Migration Initiative

The Global Migration Initiative aims to find workable policy solutions, both emergency measures and long term thinking, for the truly global and urgent challenge of international migration.

Blue Initiative

Blue Finance Initiative: Research and Policy for Global Ocean Governance

The Blue Finance initiative aims to make to strengthen the case for ocean resilience solutions. This requires a multi-disciplinary engagement, including economics and other social and natural sciences with policy and governance to identify and address the underlying drivers and risks.


Global Political and Corporate Governance Initiative

The Global Political and Corporate Governance Initiative aims to contribute with targeted research and policy advice to two key pillars of good governance: political governance and corporate governance. These are covered by two distinct though interrelated projects that IGA is undertaking, with the engagement of academia, government, civil society, international financial institutions and the private sector.




The IGA aims to build a vibrant intellectual environment for original, rigorous and significant thinking and broader impact in London, but also to form an alliance of centres of excellence in research and policy thinking in emerging economies. By employing multidisciplinary approaches and encouraging evidence-based policy making, it also aspires to promote deeper understanding and peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge across emerging and developing economies. The IGA wants to offer a 'safe space' that is open, fair and transparent and where students, government, private sector and civil society from all around the world can meet to address the challenges of the 21st century.

More information about the IGA here.